A study involving over 1000 individuals recovering from stroke in the U.K. and Hong Kong demonstrated that functionally based Occupational Therapy increased the capacity of the individuals in the study group to perform activities of daily living and created a lower risk for deterioration. The study focused on community dwelling OT patients and did not include hospitalized individuals. The Occupational Therapy provided was functionally oriented to areas like personal care, light meal preparation, managing money and personal shopping. This study highlights the value of functionally based rehabilitation for neurological injuries.
Reference: Legg L. et al. Occupational Therapy of patients with problems in personal activities of daily living after stroke: Systematic review of randomised trials. BMJ 2007 November 3; 335;922